Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. And many startup founders have been particularly affected by the stress and unknowns of this time. .

Founders Share Stories and Encouragement on Mental Wellness

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Over the past few months, the GAN Community came together to support startup founders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Startup life is hard enough; now, the pandemic has left many founders in an impossible position.

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Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

500 actively invested in founders who were diverse or were building for diverse customers; we shunned manels by making sure to feature female speakers at our events, so that it wasn’t predominantly men doing the talking.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Doing so means getting a lot of things right, and one of the most critical is that founders receive the correct support while they’re in-program. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

Founder Control

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I said in this post , I am generally a “one share one vote proponent”, but I have supported founder control provisions in a few companies where I was or am on the board. The founder had a 10:1 supervoting provision and controlled a majority of the board seats. But I can only imagine that WeWork was running out of cash and needed funds from its existing investors and the founder had to cede all of that to keep the company afloat.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19

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The post Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. Founders International Covid-19 entrepreneurs global ecosystems innovation500 Startups kicked off a new series called Innovation Coffee Breaks.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

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When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Passionate founders: Founders that joyfully know more about their market than most people would think is normal to know about anything. Authentic founders communicate what’s going on with themselves.

Calling All Founders

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

In this program, founders are connected to the CIOs of the top banks, brokerages, and insurance companies in NYC as they work on their products and pitches. And then there is the newest one, the Transit Tech Accelerator , where founders who are building transit companies are connected to the leading transit systems in the NY Metro area while they work on their products and pitches. NYC’s Partnership runs some outstanding accelerator programs.

Underrepresented Founders and The Discouraging Pass

This is going to be BIG.

While I got some very kind words on my recent writings , I heard from some founders that didn't feel like they got treated fairly—specifically around feeling patronized or dismissed—and that I wasn't showing enough action to improve on that. It’s easy in my position to forget how much courage it takes to pitch something for any founder—but especially founders for whom stepping out and taking this kind of risk feels like it comes with a bigger downside.

Launch Your Business in Georgia (The Country, not the State)

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All Founders International Programs accelerator program founders international founders startup foundersThe following post is written by Nato Chakvetadze, Program Associate for 500Georgia. Gavin: Here everything is so expensive. Look at the numbers.

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

Venture firms wanted to meet talented Black founders but didn’t know where to start to find them. “I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that.

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

Founders Coop

But one thing that really jumped out at us was how bad a job we’ve done at telling founders exactly what they can expect from us. Ideas that start out bad often get better over time as founders learn and adapt. Weak teams can get stronger as co-founders come and go.

expanding equity in STEM innovation: showcasing female founders of color

Venture Well

Studies show that diversity is key to sparking innovation and developing holistic solutions in early-stage ventures, The post expanding equity in STEM innovation: showcasing female founders of color appeared first on VentureWell.

Should Founders Still Raise in an Economic Downturn?

Dream It

Jason sat down with Steve Barsh , Managing Partner of Dreamit, to give founders relevant downturn strategies. Jason answers critical questions for founders, including: How can your company ensure survival? Your primary job as a founder is to save the business.

How much can you pay yourself as a founder?

This is going to be BIG.

If founder salaries are supposed to be no more than some set number, how does that work if a founder is a single mom with three kids and a mortgage. For example, if Katrina Lake, the founder of Stitch Fix, went off to start a new company, pretty much any investor would give her a blank check to do it. On the other hand, do you think that same number is the primary motivating factor for the black female founder, weather she, too, went to Harvard and can code or not.

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

How Startup Founders Can Better Manage Their Time

Onevest

As we tell our founders at 1000 Angels , the private investor network that connects startups with investors, time management is an important component of any business, but when it comes to launching a startup it is even more critical. Founder WisdomBy Michael Whitehouse.

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

This is going to be BIG.

Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities. Some founders get more press, get speaking opportunities or have an easier time fundraising thanks to leads that started with social media.

Seraf Co-Founder Appointed to SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee

The Seraf Compass

We are proud to share that Seraf Co-founder Christopher Mirabile was recently appointed to the SEC's Investor Advisory Committee.

What Should Founders Be Focusing On? SSRL Can Be Their Guide.

Paul G. Silva

Entrepreneurs and investors used to rely on strictly qualitative/gut methods of assessing progress and deciding what their next steps should be. In 2014 the great Steve Blank gave the startup world its first widely-respected quantitative assessment system: the Investment Readiness Level (IRL).

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel

TechStars

Leading Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch and Meet Founder Mentors at 3rd Annual Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Convening.

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t yet heard about Female Founder Office Hours it is an initiative you should be aware of whether you’re male, female or any other gender identify. Take Action You’ll see from the website that Female Founder Office Hours have several dates set.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital

TechStars

Techstars co-founder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—both renowned venture capitalists, partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist —are again giving their FREE online course Venture Deals.

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups

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All Founders 500 Accelerator 500 startups accelerator Accelerator accelerator program accelerators founders start up accelerator startup accelerator startup foundersGuest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva.

After the Exit: What’s Next for SendGrid Founder Isaac Saldana?

TechStars

Ever wondered what a startup founder does after their company is acquired for billions of dollars ? Isaac Saldana, Co-founder of SendGrid—which was acquired by Twilio for $3 billion in an all-stock deal in October 2018—isn’t lounging on a beach.

Black Dreams Matter, Every Day

Co Starters

The heroes in this story are the tenacious founders who are unearthing opportunity for themselves, overcoming unfair obstacles, and paving the way for others as they go. Features black founders black-owned businesses entrepreneurs small business

LaunchPad Success Story: Joshua Pierce, The Diversity Org Founder Gives First

TechStars

A 2018 graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and former participant in NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab) LaunchPad program, Joshua is the founder of The Diversity Org. Joshua Pierce knows the impact one opportunity or one mentor can have on a young person’s trajectory.

Tips For An Effective Co-Founder Relationship

Onevest

By Tim Houghten What really makes for an effective, and lasting co-founder relationship? Is the magical pixie dust that gives co-founder relationships wings really all about eHarmony style data matching? So leverage platforms for spotting and connecting with potential co-founders.

How International Founders Can Raise US Financing

Startup Grind

When I was a Y Combinator partner, I noticed that more and more of the batches were companies started by international founders. International founders typically have some combination of these three reasons: a) Access to capital The number one answer is access to capital.

The Bad Advice Diverse Founders are Given Around Fundraising

This is going to be BIG.

Yesterday, I met with a founder with an interesting model who was raising $400k to bring the finishing touches to her product to make it customer-ready. In fact, the only founder I've ever seen completely run the table for a multi-million dollar seed round based off of a Powerpoint is Chantel Waterbury of chloe + isabel. This blog post is not about debating if "enough" diverse founders get funding--whatever that might mean.

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How COVID-19 Has Changed the Way We Support Our Early-Stage Founders

Revolution

Across the startup landscape, founders are struggling to address the unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But for early-stage founders, fundraising is almost always top of mind.

You Don't Need a Co-Founder

This is going to be BIG.

I've heard a lot of VCs tell founders they need co-founders--and that they wouldn't look at a business at a very early stage without a co-founder. A lot of accelerators treat solo founders the same way--making it an implied requirement to participate. I don't think you can get into YC with this kind of "Godfather"-type co-founder as your partner if they're not going to be there day in and day out. but you do need a team.

Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore.

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All Founders International global launch international founders singapore singapore founders Southeast Asia southeast asia startups southeast asia venture capitalWhile people may think of Singapore as a top startup city, what they may not realize is that this city-state potentially has quite a bit more to offer as a local hub when looking to scale throughout the region.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

To celebrate their success, we collaborated with Slidebean to host a Fireside Chat in New York City on October 10th featuring Caya, founder of Slidebean, and Steve Barsh, Managing Partner at Dreamit. Caya: 2x startup founder.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million

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Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. I believe founders have superpowers. Founders Tips and Trends 500 Accelerator 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo day Accelerator accelerator program founders seed accelerator start up accelerator startup accelerator startup founders